Friday, April 03, 2009

Creation and Evolution

"For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy" (Exodus 20:11, English Standard Version).

As our son grows older, he will become more aware of the philosophical battles between creationists and evolutionists. With that in mind, I would like to teach him a few principles that have guided me as a Christian.

1. The Bible can be trusted. "All Scripture is breathed out by God" (2 Timothy 3:16, ESV). It has come from the God "who never lies" (Titus 1:2, ESV). When it states that God created the universe in 6 days, you can rely on it.

2. Theories of evolution cannot explain the origins of life. While lifeforms change due to breeding and mutation, inanimate objects do not evolve into living beings. The simplest lifeforms are too complex to come into existence without the help of intelligent guidance. The Case for a Creator by Lee Strobel explains this point very well.

3. Do not apply Darwinian theories to the social realm. Social Darwinism teaches people to live by the values of "the survival of the fittest." It can lead people to embrace genocide, eugenics, infanticide, abortion, racism, the oppression of the poor, and apathy toward the disabled. Christ teaches his followers to care for the people whom a social Darwinist might be willing to eliminate.

4 comments:

Matthew said...

All true my friend

Terry said...

Thanks, Matthew!

Wakim said...

For a creationist you don't seem half bad, you are right on your second 2 points, the first I can make no judgment on as it is a matter of faith. Your logic regarding your second 2 points is somewhat flawed though. Evolution is not a bad theory because it cannot explain the origin of life, it only explains what happened after life first arose, and demonstrates through overwhelming evidence that all life shares a common ancestor, or small group of common ancestors. Saying that evolution is a bad theory because it cannot explain the origin of life is a bit like saying Chemistry is bad science because it can't explain the origin of the elements, just how the elements interact and behave currently. On your 3rd point social Darwinism has absolutely nothing to do with Evolution, it was a nasty little idea cooked up and used to deal with undesirables. Just as Christianity has been twisted in the past as an excuse to deal with undesirables. People like to use ideas they don't fully understand, but that they feel are powerful as excuses to carry out terrible acts.

Terry said...

Wakim,
Thank you for the comment. I'm glad we share some common ground. I may have been unclear on the third point, but I was not trying to imply that evolutionists had to subscribe to social Darwinism. It's just that some people have done so, and you are right in calling it a "nasty little idea." I was not trying to misrepresent evolutionists in general as social Darwinists. I apologize for any misunderstanding. It was unintentional. Thanks for reading my blog and for taking the time to comment!